Kid & Garden
The love kids have for nature and the outdoors is a fact long recognized. Luther Burbank, the famous horticulturist said,
“Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education.”
The relation between educating children as happy, intelligent and responsible human beings and gradening is apparent by the fact that children’s day care centers adopted the word, “Garden” in many cultures throughout history.
Countess Theresa Brunszvick who lived during the 18 century, named her day care center, Angyalkert which means in Hungarian, “Angel Garden.” In 1837, the German educator, Friedrich Fröbel opened a play and activity institute and named it, Kindergarten which, in German, literally means, “A Garden for Children.” The term caught on and is still in use today in America and Europe. In Israel, the name for Kindergarten is Gan Yeladim. Gan means , “Garden” Yeladim means, “Children.”
So this weekend, get your children to dig, plant, weed, marvel at plants and sniff flowers. Encourage them to get outdoors, away from all their plastic electronic devices and enjoy gardening.
Plant them on my blog.
Happy Green Thumb weekend,